Fewer tourists and tourism receipts in the second quarter of 2014

Tourism receipts and international visitor arrivals have fallen for the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. -- ST PHOTO: RUDY WONG
Tourism receipts and international visitor arrivals have fallen for the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. -- ST PHOTO: RUDY WONG

SINGAPORE - Tourism receipts and international visitor arrivals have fallen for the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year.

According to a report by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), tourism receipts have fallen by three per cent year-on-year to $5.6 billion.

This is mainly due to a drop in shopping expenditure, especially from tourists from China, Indonesia and Malaysia.

International visitor arrivals also fell by six per cent to 3.6 million for the second quarter. STB said in its report released on Wednesday that visitor arrivals from China continue to be affected by China's tourism law enacted in October last year. Other incidents, such as political unrest in Thailand, have also dampened their travel in the region.

Hotels performed better in the second quarter with gazetted hotel room revenue at an estimated $0.8 billion, a 5.2 per cent increase from the same period last year.